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Dealing with COPD and Dating

Posted on 09/2/2013 by |Sex & Relationships | Comments

RelationshipsQ: I just turned 60, have been divorced for seven years and have not dated anyone. I am really lonely. I work full time and have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which sometimes requires me to use oxygen. I am scared and embarrassed about possibly having to use oxygen on a date. Since being diagnosed, I have lost all my self-confidence.  How might I start the dating process? If think if I put my COPD out there, I won’t be …

Facing the Enemy Within

Posted on 08/28/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeI was telling my wife Cinelli about a Carole King album called Tapestry I had purchased online when I was stopped by the word “album.” I couldn’t say it. I said “alume” and “abul” and “alome,” but not “album.” It just wouldn’t come out. It was not only annoying, it was eerie. “What’s going on?” asked Cinelli, studying me. By then the word had popped back into my head. “I’m trying to say album,” I replied. “There, I said it! …

Seeing Life From a Rolling Chair

Posted on 08/14/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeIt’s only been a few weeks since I joined the ranks of 1.6 million Americans who use wheelchairs, and it has already changed me. I feel helpless in some ways and useless in others. I am in a different world, downsized and looking up, dependent upon others to get me where I’m going. There is a terrible loneliness to that. I use the chair only occasionally as the effects of COPD impact my ability to breathe easily, ergo my ability …

When Life’s Race Nears the End

Posted on 07/31/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeIt was quite a contrast. When Cinelli and I married in 1949 I was 20 years old and could run like the wind. Life was a thunder clap back then and my very existence was packaged in a race to a goal I never bothered to define. There was a kind of glory to the rush that trailed fire and dust; we were young and strong and loud, raucous children of a hurricane that never stopped forming. That is no …

Nonsmoking Hotel Rooms Still Contain Smoke

Posted on 05/20/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you think the air in your nonsmoking hotel room is free of smoke residue, think again: If a hotel allows smoking in any of its rooms, the smoke will permeate everywhere, including nonsmoking rooms, a new study shows. Nicotine residues and other chemical traces “don’t stay in the smoking rooms,” lead researcher George Matt, chairman of the psychology department at San Diego State University, told USA Today. “They end up in the hallways and in other rooms, including nonsmoking …